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The present generation of the Bashford family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Nottinghamshire having derived from the Old English word basaforde, which means the dweller by the birch-ford. Another reference suggests that the names was derived from the ford near the home of Bassa (Bassa's ford) or from the French expression le bas ford, meaning the lower ford. Today there are also towns named Basford in Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire and the surname may indicate a person's residence in one of these places.

Bashford Early Origins



The surname Bashford was first found in Nottinghamshire, near Nottingham where one of the first records of the name was found as Chaplain de Basford who was listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273.

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Bashford Spelling Variations


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Bashford Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Bashford include Bassford, Basford, Bassforde, Basforde, Bashford, Bashforde, Bashfield, Bashfeild and many more.

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Bashford Early History


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Bashford Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bashford research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bashford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bashford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bashford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bashford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Bashford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Bashford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bashford settled in Barbados in 1679

Bashford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Bashford, who arrived in Virginia in 1719
  • James Bashford, who landed in New York in 1770
  • Andrew Bashford, who arrived in New York in 1789
  • Thomas Gunning Bashford settled in Salem, Massachusetts in 1799
  • Thomas Gunning Bashford, aged 24, arrived in Massachusetts in 1799

Bashford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas G Bashford, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Alfred Bashford, aged 25, who landed in America from London, in 1897

Bashford Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Cuthbert A. Bashford, aged 29, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1903
  • L. Bashford, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Jane Bashford, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1908
  • James Whitford Bashford, aged 61, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Martha Bashford, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Redhill, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bashford Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Bashford, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bashford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bashford (post 1700)



  • Wilkes Bashford (1934-2016), American clothier who founded Wilkes Bashford, an upscale clothing store for women and men in 1966
  • Robert McKee Bashford (1845-1911), American politician and jurist from Wisconsin
  • James Whitford Bashford (1849-1919), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, the first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in China
  • Coles Bashford, American lawyer and politician, Governor of Wisconsin
  • William Benjamin Bashford (1875-1955), English-born merchant from London, who settled in Saskatchewan becoming a farmer and politician
  • Sir Henry Howarth Bashford (1880-1961), English physician, and writer, doctor to King George VI
  • Gordon Dennis Bashford (1916-1991), British car design engineer, best known for his work on most of the post-war Rover cars, including the Land Rover and the Range Rover

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Bashford Historic Events


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Bashford Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Harry  Bashford (1883-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Bashford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bashford Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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